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The firm’s two-step multiplexed-tandem PCR tool identifies low concentrations of multiple STI pathogens in samples with high concentrations of other pathogens in three hours.

The plaintiffs claim that Qiagen's QIAseq kits infringe Archer's US Patent No. 10,017,810, which covers parts of its Anchored Multiplex PCR (AMP) technology.

Collaborators said that the test is accurate and reliable for the rapid detection of the most common gram-positive bacteria responsible for bloodstream infections.

The new assay simultaneously detects four viral targets in donated blood plasma in a single sample and can add value to the biologics development space.

The funding will help Mobidiag scale up production of its Novodiag instruments and disposable cartridges, and improve its global sales and marketing activities.

The blood-based test could eventually become a rapid point-of-care diagnostic in the ICU, with startup Microbiome as a commercial vehicle.

Amplidiag CarbaR+MCR detects the main carbapenemase-producing organisms and colistin resistance markers. Novidiag Bacterial GE+ identifies the most common enteric pathogens.

Using an immunoassay as an initial screening tool saved approximately $36,000 over multiplex PCR panel use alone when performed in a period of high flu prevalence.

Sensitivity problems with rapid antigen tests are also helping the more accurate rapid molecular tests gain wider acceptance, manufacturers said.

The test  runs on the GeneSTAT system, and has demonstrated 100 percent sensitivity, 99.6 percent specificity, and 100 percent reproducibility. 

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Sometimes genetic tests give inconclusive results and provide little reassurance to patients, the Associated Press reports.

Vox wonders whether gene-editing crops will be viewed similarly as genetically modified organisms of if people will give them a try.

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With H3Africa, Charles Rotimi has been working to bolster the representation of African participants and African researchers in genomics, Newsweek reports.